Making Democracy Work

Empowering Voters. Defending Democracy

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy.
Thank you for voting! Go to the Pa Department of State website: Election Results for final tallies.

The Municipal Primary is May 21, 2019. To vote in the primary you must be registered by April 22. To register online go to votespa.com or get a mail-in form at your public library. To vote for candidates in the primary you must be registered as either a Democrat or a Republican. Anyone can vote on any ballot questions that might be on the ballot where you vote.

DELAWARE COUNTY MUST BUY NEW VOTING MACHINES

Electronic voting equipment purchased 2006-07 by Delaware County and other Pa counties are aging and increasingly unreliable. The Pennsylvania Department of State (DOS) recently issued a directive https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/State-Details.aspx?newsid=276 informing Pa counties that the new machines must be selected no later than December 31 2019 and must provide a voter-verifiable paper record. The directive encourages counties to put the new systems into place for use by the November 2019 general election. PA will get nearly $14 million to assist counties with replacement. To learn more about voting machine issue a video from a meeting sponsored by the Radnor LWV.

The League of Women Voters of Delaware County is closely monitoring the county replacement process. The League supports only voting systems that are designed so that:

  • They employ a voter-verifiable paper ballot or other paper record, said paper being the official record of the Voter's intent; and the voter can verify, either by eye or with the aid of suitable devices for those who have impaired vision, that the paper ballot/record accurately reflects his or her intent;
  • Such verification takes place while the voter is still in the process of voting;
  • The paper ballot/recount is used for audits and recounts; and
  • The vote totals can be verified by an independent hand count of the paper ballot/record; and * routine audits of the paper ballot/record in randomly selected precincts can be conducted in every election, and the results published by the jurisdiction.

The Blue Ribbon Commission on Pennsylvania's Election Security, an independent non-partisan commission studying Pennsylvania's cyber security, is urging Congress and state lawmakers to speed up the process http://www.news.pitt.edu/news/blue-ribbon-commission-pennsylvania-s-election-security-calls-state-and-federal-fund. They note that (a)bout four in five voters in the state use machines that lack an auditable paper trail.

Counties can choose from among voting systems certified by the both the federal Election Assistance Commission (EAC) and DOS. The certification process has already begun. More Details are available on the DOS website including the following:

https://www.dos.pa.gov/VotingElections/Documents/Voting%20Systems/Directives/Directive%20to%20Vendors_2018_Apr%202%20Final.pdf https://www.dos.pa.gov/VotingElections/Documents/Elections%20Division/Administration/directive%20concerning%20the%20use.pdf

Thinking of THROWING YOUR HAT IN THE RING? Running for local public offices such as school board, borough council, township commissioner or county council are a good place to start. Put January 23, 7 PM, Media Borough Hall for a League seminar on how to run for public office. Watch this space for more details.

WHAT MAKES DEMOCRACY WORK? YOUTHS TELL US

For four years, the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania has sponsored an annual video contest for high school students to encourage involvement in the political process. The 2018 contest featured the theme "What Makes Democracy Work." This year's contest winners, as well as those of the past, are available on the website of the PA League (palwv.org). The following video, produced by Radnor Studio 21, features the second place winners from Radnor High School Jack Hughes and Andrew Moyer in an interview with LWV of Radnor President Roberta Winters. See their video and learn about the process they used to win their $500 prize! https://youtu.be/PY8vHGSA2Kc

JOIN THE EFFORT TO END PARTISAN GERRYMANDERING For Go to http://www.fairdistrictspa.com for information, upcoming meetings about Gerrymandering and reforming Pennsylvania's broken system for redrawing congressional and legislative district boundaries.